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Retail Futures (online)

Royal College of Art

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An online short course exploring the forces shaping future retail environments.


 This course will help you understand some of the key challenges faced by retail and the opportunity for radical rethinking in areas such as:

  • customer experience and brand engagement
  • sustainability agenda, materials and practice
  • new technologies and hybrid retail experiences
  • retail aesthetics
  • consumer behaviour
This course is developed by esteemed academics from the RCA's Interior Design MA programme. You will connect with a group of global participants and enter into a packed programme that includes guest lectures from specialist retail professional practitioners and practical workshops that relate to the following themes:
  • Street (threshold between the inside/outside)
  • Future online relationship (frame)
  • Future brand engagement/interface (materials)
  • Future consumer needs (behaviour)

You will apply these insights and advance your knowledge by working on a collaborative team project supported by RCA academics.

Programme Structure

Online, 6 sessions over 3 weeks


This course is highly suited to creatives across disciplines interested in producing innovative, immersive retail design experiences including:

  • interior designers, architects and spatial designers
  • retail designers and industry professionals
  • merchandise & exhibition designers
  • fashion industry professionals and fashion retail
  • enthusiasts
  • XD /user-experience designers


This course is led by tutors on the RCA's renowned Interior Design MA, ,including:

  • Steve Jensen, Retail Design of the Year award winner
  • Dr Tania López Winkler, educator, architect and exhibiting artist

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

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Early bird fee ends 31 July




  • Fully structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Participants must:

  • either an interior design, architecture, branding or other spatial practice graduate
  • and/or have 2-3 years professional experience working in retail design or a related design field
  • and/or be a graduate of a design/creative discipline
  • have a good level of English

Tuition Fee


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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